Deceptive Site Ahead Virus

Also Known As: "Deceptive site ahead" warning
Type: Adware
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Medium

Deceptive site ahead removal instructions

What is Deceptive site ahead?

"Deceptive site ahead" is a pop-up message displayed by various web browsers. This error often confuses users, since it appears that the system is infected. This message is legitimate, however, there are cases when users encounter this warning without any real reason. In such cases, there is a high probability that the system is infected with various potentially unwanted programs (PUPs).

Deceptive site ahead adware

As mentioned above, the "Deceptive site ahead" warning is legitimate. It was developed by Google Safe Browsing Services to prevent users from visiting malicious sites. Before opening a website, this service scans it, looking for dubious code. If detected, the error is displayed - warning users that the website is potentially malicious. Users are then encouraged to immediately close the tab and not return to the site. There is, however, an option allowing users to bypass this warning and enter the site. As mentioned above, there are cases in which users encounter this pop-up even when visiting legitimate sites. This is due to the presence of potentially unwanted programs. These PUPs cause random redirects to various other dubious websites and, thus, users immediately encounter the "Deceptive site ahead" warning. There is also a high probability that PUPs will fake this message to trick users into believing that various websites are malicious (even if they are legitimate). If you feel that the "Deceptive site ahead" warning is displayed without a legitimate reason, check the list of installed applications and eliminate any suspicious entries.

Most potentially unwanted programs deliver various intrusive advertisements. These are delivered using various tools that enable placement of third party graphical content on any site and often conceal underlying website content, thereby significantly diminishing users' Internet browsing experience. The ads can lead to malicious websites (thereby triggering the "Deceptive site ahead" warning) and/or even execute scripts that download and install malware/PUPs. Thus, clicking them risks computer infection. Furthermore, PUPs collect various sensitive data that criminals sell to third parties (potentially, cyber criminals), who misuse it to generate revenue. This behavior can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. Some PUPs misuse system resources to run unnecessary processes without users' consent. By mining cryptocurrencies or performing other unwanted tasks, PUPs significantly affect system performance. Therefore, all PUPs should be uninstalled immediately.

There are hundreds of potentially unwanted programs, all of which are very similar. By offering various "useful features", PUPs attempt to give the impression of legitimacy and trick users to install. PUPs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers. Rather than providing the features promised and giving real value for regular users, potentially unwanted programs pose a direct threat to your privacy and Internet browsing safety.

How did potentially unwanted programs install on my computer?

Cyber criminals proliferate PUPs by employing intrusive advertisements, together with a deceptive marketing method called "bundling" (stealth installation of third party applications together with regular software/apps). Therefore, due to lack of knowledge and careless behavior by many users, PUPs often infiltrate systems without permission. Developers hide "bundled" applications within "Custom/Advanced" settings or other sections of the download/installation processes - they do not adequately disclose this information. Furthermore, many users rush and skip download/installation steps, and click various advertisements without considering the possible consequences. This behavior often leads to inadvertent installation of potentially unwanted programs.

How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?

The key to computer safety is caution. Pay close attention when browsing the Internet, and when downloading/installing software. Most intrusive ads look legitimate, however, they are distinguishable, since most lead to gambling survey, adult dating, and other dubious sites. If you encounter such redirects, uninstall all suspicious applications and browser plug-ins. Furthermore, analyze each step of the download/installation processes and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.

The appearance of "Deceptive site ahead" pop-up (GIF):

Deceptive site ahead scam gif

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Quick menu:

Removal of potentially unwanted programs:

Windows 7 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 7

Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.

Windows XP users:

Accessing Add or Remove Programs in Windows XP

Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:

Accessing Programs and Features (uninstall) in Windows 8

Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.

Mac OSX users:

Uninstall app in OSX (Mac)

Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.

Deceptive site ahead adware uninstall via Control Panel

In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".

After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.

Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:

Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:

Internet Explorer logoRemove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:

Removing Deceptive site ahead ads from Internet Explorer step 1

Click the "gear" icon Internet Explorer options icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".

Removing Deceptive site ahead ads from Internet Explorer step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "deceptive site ahead" warning, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.

Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows XP

Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 7

Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.

Reseting Internet Explorer settings to default in Windows 8 - accessing

In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - Internet options advanced tab

Click the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - click the Reset button in the Internet options advanced tab

Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Resetting Internet Explorer settings to default on Windows 8 - confirm settings reset to default by clicking the reset button

Google Chrome logoRemove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:

Removing Deceptive site ahead  ads from Google Chrome step 1

Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.

Removing Deceptive site ahead ads from Google Chrome step 2

Optional method:

If you continue to have problems with removal of the "deceptive site ahead" warning, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon Google Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.

Google Chrome settings reset step 1

After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 2

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.

Google Chrome settings reset step 3

Mozilla Firefox logoRemove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:

Removing Deceptive site ahead ads from Mozilla Firefox step 1

Click the Firefox menu firefox menu icon (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.

Removing Deceptive site ahead ads from Mozilla Firefox step 2

Optional method:

Computer users who have problems with "deceptive site ahead" warning removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.

Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, firefox menu icon in the opened menu, click Help.

Accessing settings (Reset Firefox to default settings step 1)

Select Troubleshooting Information.

Accessing Troubleshooting Information (Reset Firefox to default settings step 2)

In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.

Clicking on Refresh Firefox button (Reset Firefox to default settings step 3)

In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.

Confirm your want to reset Firefox settings to default (Reset Firefox to default settings step 4)

safari browser logoRemove malicious extensions from Safari:

removing adware from safari step 1 - accessing preferences

Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....

removing adware from safari step 2 - removing extensions

In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.

Optional method:

Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...

resetting safari step 1

In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.

resetting safari step 2

Microsoft Edge logoRemove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 1

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".

Removing browser hijackers from Microsoft Edge step 2

Optional method:

Click the three horizontal dots icon edge more icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 1

In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 2

Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.

Resetting Microsoft Edge settings step 3

  • If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.

Summary:

declining installation of adware while downloading free software sampleCommonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.

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